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Academy’s Sanchez, Maamry complete U-17 World Cup group stage

By Racing Louisville FC Communications, 10/18/22, 9:45AM EDT


Sanchez appeared twice as the Americans advanced to the knockout stage.

Racing Louisville FC Academy standout Ella Sanchez appeared in two of the United States’ three group stage games in the 2022 FIFA Under-17 Women’s World Cup, helping the Americans advance to the knockout stage.

Along the way, Sanchez saw a familiar face in fellow Racing Academy member Ammerah Maamry, who has served as a reserve goalkeeper for Morocco. The two sides met one another Monday in India, where the U.S. won by a 4-0 score.

The red, white and blue topped Group A with a 2-0-1 record. Brazil also advanced to knockout play, finishing second with the same record as the U.S. on goal differential. Maamry and Morocco were third at 1-2-0.

Sanchez — believed to be U.S. Soccer’s first World Cup call-up from Kentucky across any age group — came on in the 81st minute Oct. 11 of an 8-0 American win over host nation India. She then played the entire second half in the Morocco victory.

Next for the U.S. is a matchup with Group B runner-up Nigeria. The game kicks off at 7 a.m. ET Friday and will air live on FS2.

The World Cup runs through Oct. 30, when the final and third-place games will be played. The Americans are in pursuit of their first U-17 Women’s title.